Within the PE Faculty we are passionate about providing students with opportunities to enjoy and excel in physical activity as both individuals and as part of teams. We aim to develop the whole child holistically so that they are inspired and equipped for life long participation in physical activity. Therefore we aim to ensure students experience high quality learning and a broad and enriching extra-curricular programme. Currently we offer an annual sports tour in Year 8 to various European cities and the Year 11 Ski Trip to various European resorts. Alongside close and productive working relationships with community sports clubs in the local area. Something we have also introduced new this year to support student development, is the opportunity for our students to apply to be Sports Captains in Years 7-10.
Our vision has three main strands: At Gosford Hill School students in PE will:
Core PE Curriculum Model
In line with the National Curriculum for Physical Education, students at Gosford Hill School will:
Key Stage Three Curriculum
Pupils will learn the basic and some complex skills, techniques and rules required to be successful in a range of sports. Alongside a focus on personal development and developing key character skills needed so that pupils can perform to their personal best. Students will study: Short Tennis, Sportshall Athletics, Swimming, Gymnastics, Football, Rugby, Cricket, Rounders, Athletics, Hockey, Tennis, Netball and Dance.
In year 8 the focus is on continuing to develop a knowledge and skills based approach to learning. With pupils continuing to develop their understanding of and performance in the basic and complex skills, techniques and tactics required to be successful in a range of sports. But now there will be more emphasis on trying to develop more complex skills wherever possible within lessons. With a continued focus on personal development and developing character skills so that pupils can ‘make their best better’. Students will study: Table Tennis, Badminton, Gymnastics, Football, Rugby, Cricket, Rounders, Athletics, Hockey, Tennis, Health & Fitness, Netball and Dance.
Key Stage Four Curriculum
Pupils will continue to develop their performance in the skills, techniques and tactics required for performance but will also begin to focus more on the application of these skills and tactics in games for understanding activities. Alongside a continued focus on personal development and developing character skills needed so that pupils can ‘help make themselves and others better through analysis’. Students will study: Table Tennis, Badminton, Gymnastics, Football, Rugby, Cricket, Rounders, Athletics, Hockey, Tennis, Health & Fitness, Netball, Basketball, Softball and Trampolining.
The focus is on pupils applying their understanding of tactics and rules, alongside their performance skills into a range of individual, competitive and games for understanding activities. Students will study: Table Tennis, Badminton, Football, Rugby, Cricket, Rounders, Athletics, Hockey, Tennis, Health & Fitness, Netball, Handball, Trampolining, Basketball, Softball and Techno-Gym.
In year 11 currently all students are given option choices within their PE lessons each term, so that within reason they have the opportunity to opt for sports that they enjoy most and are most likely to continue to participate in throughout their life course. The emphasis is on high levels of participation and engagement. Alongside supporting students to develop their personal fitness and stimulating their awareness of how to lead an active and healthy lifestyle in and out of school.
Examination Courses in Physical Education
At Key Stage Four students have the opportunity to study one of the following courses:
Edexcel GCSE Physical Education (click here)
OCR Cambridge National Sport Studies Level 1 & 2 (click here)
At Key Stage Five students have the opportunity to study the following course:
AQA A-Level Physical Education (click here)